Galwan clashes profoundly disturbed India-China relations: MEA S. Jaishankar

New Delhi: Indian Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar pointed to the brewing discontent against China in the Indian population by saying, ‘Various agreements have been signed between India and China since 1993. The rules regarding the limit of deployment on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) and activities of the soldiers were defined in these agreements. But the violent conflict in the Galwan Valley on the 15th of June has adversely affected the India-China relations.’ At the same time, Jaishankar said that the excessive Chinese deployment near the LAC is a threat to the Indian security and warned that the Indian Army is keeping a close eye on the activities of the Chinese soldiers.  

Over the last 30 years, India has developed good relations with China. The objective of these relations is to maintain peace and harmony on the LAC. Various agreements have been signed between India and China for this purpose. An effort was made to maintain peace in this region by defining the limit of deployment and code of conduct for the soldiers through these agreements. Complete frameworks from the theoretical to the behavioural level were created. Foreign Minister Jaishankar accused that the Chinese behaviour in Galwan indicates that China has unilaterally withdrawn from the agreements.  

The Indian Foreign Minister accused that China has violated the agreements by making massive deployments on the LAC. Whatever happened in the Galwan Valley on the 15th of June while increasing this deployment has had severe effects on the Indian population and politics. A soldier’s life was lost on the LAC for the first time since 1975 and Jaishankar pointed out that this has caused a major upheaval in the India-China relations. The Foreign Minister also criticised that China has posed a threat to the Indian security with massive deployment of soldiers and weapons on the LAC.   

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